Tyus Battle scored a career-high 37 points, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Orange to the win.
Syracuse fared no better on offense than the Seminoles, going 26-for-67 (38.8 percent) from the field, but the Orange lost the rebounding battle for just the third time all season. Florida State had 50 rebounds to 43 for the Orange.
Florida State was without its leading scorer and rebounder for Saturday’s game against Syracuse.
In the first overtime, Battle gave Syracuse an 82-80 lead on a jumper with 46 seconds remaining, but FSU’s Trent Forest tied it on a running floater with 24.9 seconds left.
Howard Washington, a 6-2 freshman guard, checked into the game with 10:09 left in the first half. Syracuse was trailing 9-5 at the time. Washington came in for 6-9 forward Marek Dolezaj, leaving starting guards Howard and Battle in the game.
By that time, Syracuse had already lost starters Frank Howard and Matthew Moyer to fouls. In the second overtime, an exhausted and depleted Syracuse lineup couldn’t keep up with the Seminoles.